The news about the Texas airport worker who was killed after being sucked into a jet engine of a Delta airlines on Friday was a shocking one and made national news headlines over the weekend.
The death sparked concerns about safety procedures but The National Transportation Safety Board said it would not open an investigation into the death. According to the information the medical examiner provided them with, “there were no operational safety issues with either the airplane or the airport,” and the ground worker at the San Antonio International Airport, David Renner, had jumped into the engine.
However, The Federal Aviation Administration indicated that they would be carrying out an investigation into the death.
The cause of death is listed as blunt and sharp force injuries and the manner of death is listed as suicide as per the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“This isn’t the first time David has tried something like this from my knowledge,” his brother Joshua Renner told the Daily Mail. “There were other times. This time I thought it was different.”
“The reason I say that is because he was almost five months clean and living every day to the fullest…there was zero indication this time,” he explained and recalled his older brother’s personality and tendency to try to make people laugh with “one joke a day.”
He added: “David had been clean for over eight months, was in therapy, [was] actively taking his prescribed medication and had finally became the David we all knew he could be.”
Renner was employed by Unifi Aviation which Delta airlines contracts to do ground services for their fleet at San Antonio International Airport. A Unifi spokesperson said, “From our initial investigation, this incident was unrelated to Unifi’s operational processes, safety procedures and policies.”
The company shared their condolences and added they were “deeply saddened by the loss of our employee at San Antonio International Airport during a tragic incident.”
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